Students use CU as a living laboratory to examine social, political, and environmental issues both on campus and in the broader Colorado community. Environmental Center students lead projects through which they learn to analyze sustainability challenges, propose creative solutions, and effectively implement these solutions. Many of these student projects have led to social and operational change at the University of Colorado Boulder.

There are a few ways to get started....

If you would like to start by simply learning more about sustainability on campus and the city of Boulder, sign up for our Environmental Center newsletters.  The Involvement and Events Newsletter, which is published once a week, is an extensive collection of upcoming Environmental Center, campus, and broader community opportunities, scholarships, internships, and information to develop you personally and professionally.   It is also posted on our facebook and twitter pages when published.  Sign up here!

 

Environmental Studies freshmen Alexandra, left, and International Affairs freshman Kaitlyn take a break from planting their Gambel Oak tree during a Tree Campus USA Arbor Day planting at the University of Colorado Boulder. (Photo by Casey A. Cass/University of Colorado)

Environmental Studies freshmen Alexandra, left, and International Affairs freshman Kaitlyn take a break from planting their Gambel Oak tree during a Tree Campus USA Arbor Day planting at the University of Colorado Boulder. (Photo by Casey A. Cass/University of Colorado)

OR, ready to jump in a little more intensively? Sign yourself up for the CU Environmental Center Sustainability Leadership Initiative! It is a fast and comprehensive introduction to various sustainability fields, community involvement, and of course, the CU Environmental Center. Beginning with an informational tour of the Environmental Center office, UMC Bike station, and Recycling Operations Center (ROC), participants will dive headfirst into the behind­-the­-scenes operations of one of the nation’s leading organizations in campus sustainability. Throughout the program, students will partake in Ralphie’s Green Stampede, the nation’s first Zero Waste collegiate sporting event, disseminate recycling knowledge to residence halls with the Recycling Dorm Storms, help increase the energy efficiency of the wider Boulder community with the Energy Green Teams, help the Promotions team spread the news about sustainability, and wrap it all up with a short blog about the experience, to be published on the E­Center website!

Upon the culmination of 25 hours of service with the Sustainability Leadership Initiative, students will be presented with a certificate in Sustainability Leadership, will have gained useful experience, skills and knowledge about sustainability topics, established valuable connections and potential references, have material to put on a resume, and have opened up future job opportunities! As an extra bonus, each participant will receive an E­Center t­shirt to commemorate their contribution to campus sustainability.  

Obviously, you can be a part of all of this even if you don't necessarily have the time to commit to the entire Initiative.  All of our activities are available piece-meal as well, and we would love your help and participation!  Interested in getting started?  E-mail earthelp@colorado.edu with questions about how to plug in!  

Join the CU Boulder Green Stampede Volunteers

Join the CU Boulder Green Stampede Volunteers

“Getting involved" can also mean sitting on our Environmental Board, joining a campus club, working an internship for class credit, or applying for a job with us.  Current paid openings are posted under the Job Opportunities link to the right.

Don't forget that attending events is another way to find your passions, broaden your intellectual horizons, and build your network.  

    You can get in touch with the Outreach & Engagement Coordinators at earthelp@colorado.edu, call us at 303.492.8308, or stop by UMC 355 during business hours, Monday-Friday.  We look forward to meeting you! 

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